A Day In The Country, The Cactus Blossoms

A Day In The Country

The Cactus Blossoms

The Lawrence Peters Outfit, Al Scorch, Lonesome Still, Three Blue Teardrops, Hodie Snitch, The Saluda Moonlighters (Bailey Dee with an all-star country band!), Cropduster4, Los Gallos, The Mountainaires, Michelle & Corbin Ferry Road, The Golden Horse Ranch Band

Sun, June 24, 2018

2:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

A Day In The Country
A Day In The Country
Don’t miss this day of country music, bbq, and homemade pie, at Chicago’s friendliest music and drinkin’ joint.

Featuring beers by Lagunitas, food from Honky Tonk BBQ and Bang Bang Pie, and cold brew coffee from Metropolis.

Front porch 2pm
2 to 2:30- Michelle & Corbin Ferry Road
2:40 to 3:10- Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble
3:20 to 3:50- The Mountainaires
4 to 4:30- Los Gallos

Backroom 4:30pm
4:30 to 5- Cropduster4
5:15 to 5:45- Lonesome Still
6 to 6:30- Golden Horse Ranch Band
6:45 to 7:15- The Saluda Moonlighters (Bailey Dee with an all-star country band!)
7:30 to 8- Lawrence Peters Outfit
8:15 to 9:15- Cactus Blossoms
9:30 to 10- Three Blue Teardrops
10:15 to 10:45- Hodie Snitch
The Cactus Blossoms
The Cactus Blossoms
When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan. We cut our teeth performing some well known and obscure country songs that were popular or unpopular pre-1960, partly out of curiosity and deep appreciation, but mostly because it was fun. Early on we were given a residency at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. We got a band together and it became our weekly practice-in-public where we would pull out every song we could think of, no matter how well we knew it. It was our first chance to play all night and do whatever we wanted. Over the course of our year and a half at the Turf Club our repertoire had snowballed into an amalgam of original songs and a bunch of gut wrenching, tongue-in-cheek heartbreakers, that were 30 years older than us. Not everyone could tell what was new and what was old, and it didn’t really matter. People just seemed to enjoy it. That’s when the wheel got going and gave the illusion of spinning backwards. We weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own.

Good fortune has followed us every step of the way, offering opportunities that seemed just beyond what we’re ready for. It always stretches us out and makes us feel lucky as hell. When JD McPherson called and said he was interested in producing our record, it was the latest in a series of serendipitous events that brought us to where we are today. We opened for him at a gig in our hometown Minneapolis a few months earlier and had met him briefly, but never could have imagined that within a year we would be collaborating on a new album and criss-crossing America on tour with his band. JD is a music connoisseur with the singing voice of an angel, the boundless creative energy of a child, a scholar’s mind and the auditory perception of a wolf. This guy was the guy. He wanted to do something sparse and rhythmic with simple melodic arrangements and it lined up perfectly with the direction our new songs were leading us.

We wanted to record live with the best rhythm section we could find, in one room, playing together while we sang. It’s not the easiest process, but it’s the way we wanted to capture the music. JD pointed us to Chicago and enlisted the talents of engineer/drummer Alex Hall, guitarist Joel Paterson, and bassist Beau Sample. It felt like a musical dream team, but we had no idea what would happen. We barely knew these guys and they barely knew our music. On the morning of our first session Alex was setting up microphones and running cables through his vents from the living room down to the control room in the basement. The rest of us were drinking coffee in the kitchen and making small talk. JD was running back and forth cracking jokes, trying to decide what song was best to do first. Within a couple of hours “Queen Of Them All” was finished, and everyone knew we were in the right place at the right time.

The result, You’re Dreaming, is the culmination of several years of songwriting and the kindness of thousands of miles and friends. With a cast of characters, experiences, and personal perspectives, set in simple rhymes and sung in harmony, we try to paint a picture in your mind.

Sincerely,
Jack Torrey & Page Burkum
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
The Lawrence Peters Outfit play un-ruined country music, a term Lawrence coined to describe the band’s original, deep-rooted, honky tonk sound. They are 2019 and 2018 Ameripolitan Award nominees, in the Best Honky Tonk Group category (cast your vote at http://vote.ballotblaster.com/#/webBallots/79), and two time winners of the “Best Country And Western Entertainer” (Chicago Music Awards)

Best known for his lead vocal on "The Old Black Hen", for the watershed Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Company album, Peters leads the "Outfit" through his own finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The band is a super-group of Chi-Town pickers, including Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar and harmonies, and Josh Piet on upright bass.
Al Scorch
Al Scorch
Stormy, husky, brawling, City of Big Shoulders.” – from “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

Al Scorch grew up in Chicago, with its storied history of corrupt power at the top and righteous fighters and big dreamers at the bottom. From the town that gave the world characters like Studs Terkel, Upton Sinclair, and the anarchists in Bughouse Square, Scorch adds his voice to the choir with the enthusiasm and charisma of a Maxwell Street preacher. He eyes the prize of that ever-elusive promised land that’s worth scrapping for, wherever or whatever it may be. With a stentorian bullhorn of a voice, he exhorts, not with a holy book in his hand, but a banjo and guitar. He’s a messenger and a conduit, a believer that a soul-stirring song will march you forward.

Balanced on wedges of punk, old-time string band, American and European folk, and soulful balladry, Al is an entertainer, road warrior, storyteller, and one helluva musician. His second album and Bloodshot debut Circle Round the Signs is built on a sonic framework sharing an intersection with the Bad Livers’ lawless next-gen take on traditional country & bluegrass, and Black Flag’s burn-it-all-down revolt and breakneck tempos. From the train-hopping tale of “Pennsylvania Turnpike” - updating steel rails to concrete ribbons - to the shout-along, late-night lament of “Insomnia” (“I toss and I turn in my bed every night/ I'm sober but my mind’s as high as a kite”), the aural dexterity is thrilling.

Woody Guthrie’s “Slipknot” gets a complex, Western swing cum prog-grass treatment, led by the angular fiddling of Felipe Tobar, that would make acoustic thrash godfathers Split Lip Rayfield grin demonically. And “Want One” blazes down the dirt track with a Stanley Brothers fireball energy driven by Scorch’s clawhammer banjoing, and the it’s-safe-to-laugh-now adventure of meeting an intensely inebriated fan while busking across the country.

But Scorch is far more than lightning for lightning’s sake. Through 10 songs of high wire musicianship, debilitating despair, wild-eyed hope, and sharp-elbowed views of social (in)justice, he deftly maintains a balance of precise touch and texture, pop catchiness and frenetic intensity. That Minutemen inspired “jam econo” vibe embracing the freedom of art and community as long as you’re working hard and bringing your friends along for the ride?… Yeah, that’s here too.

He shows a keen ear for the Mekons’ trans-Atlantic roots and marries it to the Avett Brothers’ big stage sound on “Lost At Sea.” Likewise, there is depth in the song’s lyrics during the cliffhanging, real-life narrative of a best friend almost dying when the HMS Bounty sank in Hurricane Sandy: “When I heard of the wreck my heart left my chest/ tears came rolling down/ the same sun shone through the window/ I thought of a world without you around”

DIY show shakedowns parallel a down-and-out-on-Clout-Street message (“Every bossman is on another bossman’s take/ There ain't no free man except the one you make”) on the vaudeville-via-Eastern European klezmer door-kicker “Everybody Out.” With its bittersweet imagery and mournful harmonies, “Lonesome Low” goes beyond the blue grass and into the deep woods. While the elegiac french horn in “Poverty Draft” wouldn’t sound out of place if it was played in a WWI trench, nor would its message of the poor being the tools of war (“The fight for freedom pays more than minimum wage”).

A punk rock banjo-wielding John Prine or Billy Bragg, Al Scorch writes for the everyperson. Through his acrobatically poetic politics, hopeful tales of love lost (“Love After Death”), or cathartic takes on urban chaos (“City Lullaby”), he pens rowdy campfire stories, calls for action, and draws the epic from the ordinary. Celebrate, right a wrong, or find your path and go for it. It's heavy shit, but so is life.
Lonesome Still
Lonesome Still
Lonesome Still is the best-kept secret in Chicago’s country music scene. You’ll hear their blues, rock, and folk roots with a unique retro-country sound anchored by singer Michael O’Briant’s baritone, joined by Kary Ream and Emily Albright’s harmonies & Emily’s fiddling. Chicago music veterans Tony Wittrock on lead guitar, Josh Piet on bass, Dave Huizenga on guitar/vocals & Lance Helgesen on drums!
Three Blue Teardrops
Three Blue Teardrops
Three Blue Teardrops formed in the fall of 1991. A three piece trio of drums, upright bass and guitar, the band began writing and performing original songs that combined elements of 1970’s punk , gut bucket blues, jungle swing, gospel, garage rock, hillbilly jazz and country harmony to the 1950’s style raw rockabilly sounds of our Rock-N-Roll forefathers to create their own contemporary sound that was not stuck in the trappings of rockabilly, psychobilly, punk, blues or any single musical sub genre.
Hodie Snitch
Hodie Snitch
Classic outlaw country from Chicago, IL
Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Daniels, and the list goes on and on.
We could do this all day.
Sometimes we do...
This IS your daddy's country!
The Saluda Moonlighters (Bailey Dee with an all-star country band!)
The Saluda Moonlighters (Bailey Dee with an all-star country band!)
Golden Age Western Swing, Hillbilly Bop, & Country Music from Chicago, IL, featuring Ameripolitan Award winner Bailey Dee
Cropduster4
Cropduster4
Cropduster4 radiates an authentic honky-tonk vibe - we're loud enough to make you dance, but not so loud that you can't hear yourself think about your lost loves and that new hottie sitting one table over...
Nick Bachmann - guitar and vocals: A man of mystery until you hear his singing, then his life story unfolds before your ears.
Glenn DeMichele - pedal steel and vocals: After an accomplished career as a jazz bass player in Florida and Chicago, Glenn started playing steel guitar in this country band and nobody knows why. His family was worried. He joined the cult-like secret society of steel players, where the members punish themselves and worship unknown gods. One thing is certain, he loves his instrument, his band, and the music of Cropduster 4.
Buddy Carter - bass and vocals: Buddy grew up in a musical household, surrounded by polkas and Dean Martin music. Buddy began playing guitar at a young age as a means to finance his aspirations to become a professional golfer. He soon discovered that as a golfer, he made for a fine guitar player. As a result of Buddy's success playing guitar, he now plays bass. His insight into the future of popular music led him to pursue success playing traditional country, singing high and selling low.
Los Gallos
Los Gallos
Los Gallos play a danceable blend of Norteno/Tex–Mex, Cumbia and Roots Rock with nods to Los Lobos, Texas Tornados, The Blazers and The Iguanas. From diverse musical backgrounds and influences, Los Gallos came together over their shared love of Mexican music and American roots music…
The Mountainaires
The Mountainaires
Jon Williams and Kenneth P.W. Rainey are the Mountainaires! The Chicago-based duo use guitar, mandolin, and lots of close harmony to mine the deep country tradition of 30s/40s brother acts the Delmores, Louvins, and Monroes. Both Mountainaires are also members of the renowned western swing group the Chandelier Swingers. Jon also plays various instruments with local groups the Hat Stretchers and the Peter Joly Group, while Kip stays busy with the Golden Horse Ranch Band, Mar Caribe, and the Last Kind Words.
Michelle & Corbin Ferry Road
Michelle & Corbin Ferry Road
The Golden Horse Ranch Band
The Golden Horse Ranch Band
The Golden Horse Ranch Band was formed in 2002. The band plays a raucous set of country tunes, and puts their stamp on some American classics. If the crowd wants to dance, they’ll lay down some square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra, and swing dances in the tradition of old time barn dances. 3rd generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you, in no time, how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com